After spending the past few years producing albums for Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello, Billy Bragg, Hugh Laurie, Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr, Over the Rhine and others, Joe Henry plans to return to the artist realm in 2014 with a new set called "Invisible Hour."
"I'm sure it's my best record," Henry tells Billboard about the planned 11-song collection. He describes it as "very acoustic string driven -- very acoustic guitar, mandola, mandocello, and yet the rhythm section is very tough and forward as well. It's an acoustic-centric record, but it's not a James Taylor record -- no disrespect intended to Mr. Taylor. But whereas (2011's) 'Reverie' was very much, sonically speaking, a verite sort of project and I wanted it to sound kind of hard and messy, this one I did not. I wanted things to be, unapologetically, as rich and beautiful, sonically, as they can be, whether that's the overtones and the bleed between the instruments in the room, the vocals, the instrumentation -- I want things to be very rich and forward and the songs to be as bold as they can be. I don't want anything deliberately obscured."